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Morning Watch/5 PEFA’s seen 9-29-17

September 29th, 2017

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was partly cloudy and a bit dark until the sun rose above the clouds. The temperature was a chilly 49 (F) 9 (C) at the start.

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I began my watch Before the sun came up so the pics of Billie are a bit grainy as I found her on the south window ledge of Seneca Towers from my parking lot.

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After checking the rest of the building unsuccessfully for Seth I left for downtown. From Chestnut St. in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Park I found Beauty on the south side of Xerox 6 columns over from the southeast corner. She appeared to be napping at first and when she woke up she did some scratching.

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A few minutes later the Beautyful one pooped and flew off heading southwest only to double back and fly northeast behind the 5 Star Bank.

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I had a feeling she went to the RGE antenna and after getting thru the morning rush hour traffic I found her there from Elm St. The back light was bad so I moved to Lawn St. next to the Columbus building.

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Beauty flew off while I was watching a guy parallel park in front of me so I flew off too! As I was making my way across the Broad St. bridge I spotted Dot.ca (DC) on the top I-beam south side of OCSR but he didn’t stick around until I could get parked somewhere so I continued on to City Hall to check the Frontier Communications tower. Nothing on the tower but as I checked the Powers building from the back of the parking lot I caught a glimpse of DC going into the nest box. I then headed over to the Andrews St. bridge (ASB) where I could see him better.


DC left the nest box after a few minutes and flew up to a camera in front of the box. On my tiny LCD camera screen it looked like he had food in his crop and I tweeted as such, but actually it was quite empty.

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I left him just before 9am to go check the Brighton location before I walked Bella. Once there I found our young, visiting, female Peregrine Falcon on the east face of the south extension 3 windows down in the corner where it meets the east extension. She was a bit sleepy at first sight but woke up after a minute or so. She had her back to me but was showing me the side of her face.

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I didn’t visit with her for too long-just a few minutes. After walking Bella I returned to downtown and found DC on the same Powers camera as I left him with his back to me this time. Beauty was over on the top I-beam of OCSR near the north corner with a feather (fascinator) stuck to her beak so I assume she had eaten recently.

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I left them to it as they could see each other and when I got home to Seneca Towers I found Seth on the north window ledge. He was mainly looking back over his shoulder towards the river-most likely on the hunt.

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I ended my watch a little before 11am with a smile after seeing all 4 resident Rochester Peregrine Falcons and a bonus PEFA at the Brighton site! :)

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Morning Falcon Watch/Meet our BS visitor 9-15-17

September 15th, 2017

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a sunny morning with blue skies and a starting temperature of 59 (F) 15 (C)

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I began my watch at 6:45am in the Northridge Church parking lot at the intersection of St. Paul Street and East Ridge Road.  I could see Seth on the top window ledge at the north end of Seneca Towers. He was very alert and seemingly in hunt mode. A woman was walking her dog and stopped to ask what I was looking at and while I spoke to her, Seth left. I waited a couple minutes for his return to no avail so I headed for downtown.

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While stopped at the traffic light on State St. near the inner loop I spotted Dot.ca (DC) flying to the Frontier Communications Tower (FCT) so I turned right and parked in the City Hall lot. DC was on a cross beam on the north side and then I noticed movement on the east side of FCT where Beauty was perched with her back to me.

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The Beautyful one was whining on and off and while she was preening DC flew off and returned to land on the northeast cube. They both look to be in good condition as they near the end of their molt. I observed Beauty as she pulled out one small, white down feather.

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DC let out a whine of his own before stooping off to the northwest only to return and land on the large drum with nothing to show for his efforts.

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He wasn’t there for long when he flew back to the tower landing under the southeast cube. During that time Beauty moved in to a another beam next to where she had been.

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I left them preening on the FCT and headed over to the Court St. bridge to check on the scene there. Last time I was on watch I said I would video tape the area behind the Dinosaur Grill where the walkway is being built and surrounding area so make sure to check it out at the end of my report. The Genesee River is very low exposing all the flats where gulls and ducks are enjoying the calm waters. Looking north I spotted a couple cormorants and a Great Blue Heron through the opening below the Broad St. bridge.

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Now for the highlight of my watch. I walk watcher, Jeanne’s dog, Bella 3 times a week and since she lives right around the corner, I check the Brighton Site (BS) each time for falcons but I don’t usually have my camera or binoculars. Well today I did have my equipment and when watcher, Larry tweeted that he saw a falcon at BS I went over there post haste. I’ve seen a falcon there the last couple times I checked so I was anxious to get a good look this morning. I’ve determined that this is an adult female based on size and she has no leg bands. She was on the top window of the east extension in the corner where it meets the south extension.


She had her back to me at first and then she acted like she wanted to hop across to the east face window across from her. She spread her wings then turned around and walked along the window ledge. She has a salmon colored upper chest and white above her cere-she appears to be in good condition.


A blue jay and a couple starlings grabbed her attention for minute before she flew across to the opposite window-she went to the shaded side of it and once again showed me her back.

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I left at that point to walk Bella and afterwards I checked Hawkeye, Seneca Towers and the Medley Center mall in Irondequoit with no luck finding any falcons. I ended my watch at 9:45am smiling after a successful watch in which I saw 4 Peregrine Falcons! :)

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Sunday Morning Falcon Watch - 9/10/17

September 10th, 2017

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

It’s been very quiet, falconwise, here in Rochester, NY.  There have been a few reports/tweets from regular watchers, Pat and Larry O.  Plus, both Beauty and Dot.ca are seen frequently on the Rfalconcam cameras, usually at the Powers Bldg nest box.

I’ve been watching the coverage of Hurricane Irma on TV.  It looks really bad.  I truly hope that all that are in the path of this deadly hurricane remain safe.  This includes my Aunt and Uncle and a friend’s father, who decided to stay put.

I decided to get our for a couple hours this morning to look for our Rochester falcons.  Larry had reported that he saw both Beauty and Dot.ca this morning on the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT).  So, that’s where I started.  I quickly found Beauty on the 2nd arm, facing west.

1-beauty-on-fct-9-10-172-beauty-on-fct-9-10-17<— Beauty on FCT.

From the City Hall parking lot, I was able to see both Beauty and Dot.ca (DC).  DC was under the platform on FCT.

4-beauty-on-fct-9-10-173-dc-on-fct-9-10-17<— Beauty and Dot.ca on FCT.

All was quiet, so it was time to check out the downtown area.  Here are some pictures of the view I had from the Court St. Bridge (CSB).

6-view-from-court-st-bridge-9-10-177-view-from-court-st-bridge-9-10-17<— View from the Court St Bridge.

The new walkway behind the Dinosaur BBQ, over the Genesee River is coming along nicely.

8-new-river-walk-d-bbq-9-10-175-new-river-walk-d-bbq-9-10-17<— Genesee River Walkway behind Dinosaur BBQ.

Back at the Frontier Communication Tower.  Dot.ca was gone, but Beauty remained on the 2nd arm.  She had turned around and was now looking southeast.

9-beauty-on-fct-9-10-1710-beauty-on-fct-9-10-17<— Beauty on FCT.

All was quiet, so I texted that I was ending my downtown watch.  As sometimes happens, as I was leaving the area, I heard alarm kakking above.  By the time I got turned around, Beauty was gone.  I found her tucked in under the platform.  Not sure what upset her.  Maybe a hawk migrating through the area?

11-beauty-on-fct-9-10-17<— Beauty under the FCT platform, south side.

From the Andrew St Bridge (ASB), I found Dot.ca on the north side of OCSR, top Ibeam.  I could also see Beauty on FCT.

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It wasn’t long before Beauty took off.  She flew low, heading south.  I tried to locate her, but couldn’t.  It was really time to end my Sunday morning watch.

On my way home, I passed Kodak Office.  The building south of the Kodak Tower is now home to the downtown Monroe Community College Campus.  Things are really changing.

A quick check at Seneca Towers from Maplewood Park.  No falcons seen or heard.

Sunday Falcon Watch - Beauty & Dot.ca on FCT - 8/27/17

August 27th, 2017

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

I love going out on a quiet Sunday morning to check on our falcons.  I quickly found both Beauty and Dot.ca on the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT).

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1-dotca-on-fct-8-27-171<— Dot.ca on FCT between SW and SE boxes, below platform.

Dot.ca took off while I wasn’t looking.  After checking out the downtown area and not finding any falcons, I parked on the Andrew St Bridge (ASB).  Beauty was now gone from FCT.  But, I could see that there was a falcon on the top Ibeam of OCSR on the north side.  I believe that it was Dot.ca, but couldn’t be 100% sure.

3-dc-on-ocsr-8-27-17<— I think Dot.ca on OCSR.

I again drove around downtown Rochester (NY), but had no luck finding Beauty.  I even looked up into the OCSR elevator shaft.  No falcons there.  All was quiet and peaceful downtown, so I decided to go over to Maplewood Park to check out Seneca Towers.

From Maplewood Park, I could see no falcons on the building.  This was my view from there.

4-view-of-st-from-maplewood-park-8-27-175-view-of-st-from-maplewood-park-8-27-17<— View of Seneca Towers from Maplewood Park.

On my way home, I checked out Kodak Park East and Kodak Park West.  Again no falcons found.

I was happy to have seen both Beauty and Dot.ca during my Sunday morning falcon watch.  Enjoy the day everyone!

Falcon Watch/Beauty,Dot.ca and Seth seen 8-23-17

August 23rd, 2017

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

Storms yesterday ushered in a cold front which got rid of the humidity. The temperature was a cool 57 (F) 14 (C)

I stopped on the Andrews St. bridge (ASB) my usual starting point and spotted Beauty on the base of Mercury and Dot.ca (DC) on the northeast side, top I-beam of OCSR.

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Traffic was backed up because of construction all over downtown this morning and of course it was rush hour, which made it worse, but I managed to get to Bragdon Place for a closer look at DC before he flew off. He was preening in all his whiteness.

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After a couple minutes I went over to the Court St. bridge to be a bit closer to the Beautyful one. She was just looking around as gulls were flying past her.

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The water in the river is very low right now due to just a slow bit of water coming through the lock south of the bridge. Since the last time I checked, the construction workers have built what looks like a walkway that curves around the back of the Dinosaur Grill. Many of the ducks were dunking their heads in the current.

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I left to go walk Bella and when I returned to downtown I could only find DC tucked in the corner by the elevator shaft on the top I-beam, northeast side of OCSR.


When I got to Seneca Towers I found Seth from the Northridge Church parking lot. He was on the north side window ledge in hunt mode as he kept watching something very intently down below him.

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After about 5 minutes he flew off into a stoop and didn’t return.


I ended my watch at 9:45am smiling after seeing 3 of our Rochester Peregrine Falcons! :)

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Sunday Morning Falcon Watch - Pre-Eclipse Watch - 8/20/17

August 20th, 2017

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

What a gorgeous pre-eclipse day here in Rochester, NY.  Tomorrow we will have a partial solar eclipse (70%).  Here’s our schedule:  The moon will begin to cover the sun at 1:14 pm.  Our greatest eclipse will be a partial coverage of the sun at 70% at 2:36 pm.  The eclipse will end here in Rochester at 3:52 pm.  In seven years (2024), we will have a total solar eclipse!  One of the questions is, how will the animals behave during the eclipse?  It will be very interesting to read the different observations.

I started my watch a little before 9:00 am.  It was sunny, with a temperature in the 60’s (F).  Since the young ones have left, I usually find Beauty and Dot.ca on the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT).  Today was no exception, both were there.  Dot.ca was on the top arm and Beauty was on the framework below the platform.

1-dc-on-fct-8-20-172-dc-on-fct-8-20-171<— Dot.ca on Frontier Communication Tower.

3-beauty-on-fct-8-20-174-beauty-on-fct-8-20-17<— Beauty on the Frontier Communication Tower.

They seemed settled in, so I drove around downtown, hoping to find another falcon.  No such luck.  By the time I returned to the FCT, Dot.ca was gone.  Beauty was still in the same spot I left her.

I stayed for a little while, but there was no further activity.  All was quiet and peaceful downtown.

It was time to continue my watch.  My next stop was Maplewood Park, where I had a nice, far away view of the west and north sides of the apartment building.  There was one adult up on the north end window ledge.  I was way too far away to get an ID.

5-seth-or-billie-at-st-8-20-17<— Billie or Seth?

At Medley Center (aka “the old Irondequoit Mall”), I found no falcons and no evidence that they had been there.  Brian H had reported seeing one there on the glass pyramid a couple weeks ago.

I next decided to head down to Irondequoit Bay to see if I could see any Eagles.  I didn’t seen any Eagles, but there were some other birds of interest.

6-osprey-in-tree-ibay-8-20-17<— Osprey in a tree on the west side.

7-cormorant-at-ibay-8-20-17<— Cormorant drying its wings.

I stopped again at Maplewood Park for another look and found that Billie or Seth had moved to the other end of the north side window ledge.

8-seth-or-billie-at-st-8-20-17<— Billie or Seth at Seneca Towers.

I was very happy to have seen 3 of our 4 Rochester Falcons during my watch.  I sure would love to get a glimpse of one of our young ones again.  :)

On my way home, I spotted this molting Mockingbird.  It was hunting grasshoppers in the grass below this sign.  Love Mockingbirds!

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Enjoy the eclipse tomorrow everyone!  Would love to hear about your observations of the behavior of the animals around you.

Falcon Watch/Short but Sweet 8-18-17

August 18th, 2017

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

A warm. muggy morning with a temperature of  73 (F) 23 (C)

I only had a short time to check on our falcons this morning and they cooperated as I spotted Beauty on the Frontier Communications tower from the Andrews St. bridge. I quickly drove over to the City Hall parking lot for closer viewing. She was on her northeast cube looking beautyful as ever!

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I started searching the structure for Dot.ca (DC) and after a few minutes I spotted him near the red light below the southeast cube but I didn’t have a good angle on him so I drove down Fitzhugh St. and parked in front of the Sister Cities parking garage. He was gone when I got there but after a few minutes I saw movement inside the structure behind where he had been. They sure are hard to find when they go to the interior of the tower.

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That’s all she wrote- I left after sharing space for about half an hour with our downtown Rochester Peregrine Falcons. Any time spent with them is enough to make this watcher smile! :)

Click on the link below to share your own time with Beauty and DC


Falcon Watch/3 out of 4 Pefa’s 8-16-17

August 16th, 2017

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was partly cloudy with a temperature of 62 (F) 17 (C)

I was happy to find Billie and Seth together at Seneca Towers to begin my watch. They were on the top window ledge at the north end of the building. I only shared a few minutes with them as they both seemed to be looking over their shoulders for a breakfast item to go chase.

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I arrived downtown around 7:30am and after searching around I spotted Dot.ca (DC) on the Frontier Communications Tower (FCT) under the southeast cube from the City Hall parking lot. He was preening.

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I drove down to park on Fitzhugh St. for another angle of him as he was half napping and looking around. He soon seemed to spot something to the southeast and flew off after pooping.

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I thought perhaps he had seen Beauty and flew off to meet her but no such luck. I found him on the top I-beam west corner of OCSR from State St.


I took a trip around downtown and ended up with no Beauty sighting. I stopped on the Court St. bridge and found a preening Great Egret in the tree by the Broad St. bridge and the Rundell Library where we have often found a Black-crowned Night Heron hiding. Under the BSB was a seemingly headless Great Blue Heron that was snoozing and down in the river were lots of Ring-billed Gulls.

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One more unsuccessful trip around to look for the Beautyful one before checking from the hole to see that DC was still on OCSR.


Not a bad little falcon watch in which I saw 3 out of 4 Rochester Peregrine Falcons that gave me reason to smile! :)

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Sunday Morning Falcon Watch - Sleeping Beauty! - 8/13/17

August 13th, 2017

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

It was a beautiful Sunday morning with temps in the 60’s when I arrived downtown.  The sun was shining and Frank Sinatra was crooning “I Did it My Way” on my radio.  After receiving some bad news this week, I really needed a couple of relaxing hours searching for our downtown falcons, and that’s what I got.

I found an adult falcon on the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT), in the red section below the platform.  It was facing north and at first I thought it was Dot.ca.


Eventually, the falcon turned to the right and walked towards the east side.


Finally a front view.  It was Beauty!  I found a parking spot in front of Rochester’s City Hall that gave me a better view.

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Beauty was snoozing in the morning sunshine.  I left her to search for Dot.ca.

I drove all over downtown, looking for him.  Even checking the OCSR elevator shaft.  Sorry to say, I could not find him.

I returned to the Frontier Communication Tower and found Beauty in the same spot I left her.  After about a 1/2 hour of watching her sleep, it was time to move on.  On my way out of downtown, I checked all sides of the Kodak Tower, hoping to find Dot.ca there.  No such luck.  While searching for one tiercel, I found another tiercel’s favorite spot to hunt from.  So many good memories here.

7-kavers-favorite-spot-lilys-8-13-17-2 —> Kaver’s favorite hunting spot.  The lilies on top of the Kodak Tower.

On my way home, I checked out the following areas; Medley Ctr (and the surrounding area), Seneca Towers (from Maplewood Park) and the east end of Kodak Park.  I saw no falcons at any of those locations.  It was time to head home.  :)

Weekend Falcon Watch - Beauty & Dot.ca Hanging Out Together - 8/5 & 8/6/17

August 6th, 2017

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

I keep checking out the downtown area in hopes of seeing and hearing a juvie Peregrine.  So far, I’ve had no luck.  But I love seeing Beauty and Dot.ca hanging out together too.

Saturday morning (8/5/17)

When I first arrived downtown, it was sunny and cool.  But coming in from the west was a mass of dark clouds.  For just a couple minutes, a beautiful rainbow came into view behind the Times Square Bldg.


It took me awhile, but I finally found our downtown pair sharing a meal on a chimney on Irving Place.  This is Rochester’s old City Hall.  At first I didn’t see Dot.ca, until his head popped up behind Beauty.  He was eating a small piece of the pigeon that Beauty was standing over.  Her crop was already full, but she reached down now and then to take a bite and pluck a feather or two.



After Beauty finished eating, Dot.ca moved in to take the remainder of her meal.  He flew off with it heading north.  Beauty followed a few moments later.

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I drove over to the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT).  There I found Dot.ca eating on top of the large white drum on FCT.  Beauty was up under the platform over the northeast box.


This is where I left them at the end of my Saturday morning falcon watch.

Sunday morning (8/6/17)

It was a quiet and cool morning.  After checking most of the downtown area and not finding any falcons, I decided to check out the OCSR elevator shaft.  Yep!  There he was!  Dot.ca was up there on the south side ledge.

1-dotca-fct-elevator-shaft-8-6-17<— Dot.ca OCSR Elevator Shaft.

I continued my search for Beauty.  She was being very elusive.  While parked on the Court St Bridge, I found three fisher birds down on the river.  A Great Egret, a juvie Black-Crowned Night Heron and a Great Blue Heron.


I moved over to the Andrews St Bridge to watch from there for awhile.  I could see Dot.ca in the elevator shaft, but still couldn’t find Beauty.  After about an hour, I decided to end my Sunday morning watch.  Just after I texted that I was leaving, Beauty took off from the FCT platform.  She headed south chasing a flock of pigeons.  Beauty then turned back and again landed on the Frontier Communication Tower.  So nice of her to show herself to me before I ended my watch.  Thanks Beauty!  lol

On July 17th, Kathy O, Lisa, Dana and I took a road trip to Montezuma.  I finally took some time to look through my pictures.  It rained on and off, but it was still an enjoyable ride through this lovely area.  Here are some of my favorite pictures from that day.

4-montezuma-eagle-sculpture-7-17-173-montezuma-eagle-sculpture-7-17-17<— Montezuma Eagle sculpture.  Awesome!

2-young-bald-eagle-at-montezuma-7-17-171-young-bald-eagle-at-montezuma-7-17-17<— Young Bald Eagle drying its wings.

5-red-headed-woodpecker-7-17-17<— This was the best pic I could get of a Red Headed Woodpecker we found.  Only the 2nd one I’ve ever seen!

6-osprey-montezuma-7-17-17<— Osprey Fly Over.

8-swallow-at-the-audubon-ctr-7-17-17<— Swallow Nesting at the Audubon Ctr.

I’ll leave you with some beautiful views from Montezuma.


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